Tilda Swinton Addresses ‘Doctor Strange’ Whitewashing Controversy

Tilda Swinton joined Scarlett Johansson earlier this year when the actresses were targeted as examples of whitewashing in Hollywood following being cast in “Doctor Strange” and “Ghost in the Shell” respectively.

Fans pinpointed Swinton after she was cast as “the ancient one” in Marvel’s latest superhero franchise, focusing on the fact that she is of Anglo-Scottish-Australian descent and was cast as someone who is portrayed in the comics as being of Tibetan descent.

Following the film studio’s response months ago, Swinton is addressing critics head on in the November issue of Out magazine.

“There is little for me to add except to say that anyone speaking up for a greater accuracy in the representation of the diversity of the world we live in has me right beside them,” she says.

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Adding, “as someone who has worked from the beginning as an artist within a queer aesthetic, the urgency of that voice is always going to be welcome.”

The actress goes on to say that Marvel’s choice to cast her in the role, is actually a positive one.

“Ironically, [Marvel’s] casting is positively diverse in this case: The Ancient One in this film was never written as the bearded old Tibetan man portrayed in the comics.”

And goes on to point out that her character is not the only one depicted differently onscreen.

“Baron Mordo, a Caucasian Translyvanian in the graphic novels, is here played by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Benedict Won plays a newly expanded and significant role as Wong, who in the comics is a mini-minor character,” adding, “I believe in Marvel’s wholehearted commitment to creating a diverse and vibrant universe, avoiding stereoytype and cliche wherever possible in a determination to keep things fresh and lively.”



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